The Mullet Band Parade is organized to honor the service of a veteran. Anyone so inclined is invited to join in the parade which starts from Jensen's Twin Palm Resort and proceeds down Andy Rosse Lane through Captiva's Village to the beach in front of the Mucky Duck. All those in the parade then enjoy sharing the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in honor of the service to our country.
Sanibel Beaches and Fort Myers Beaches are recognized as some of the best in the world according to many sources: Wall Street Journal, Trip Advisor, Arthur Frommer, and Vet Street to name a few. There is a perfect beach for everyone whether you enjoy shelling, fishing, nature, wading birds, sunsets, sugar sand, or long strolls, Lee County had a beach for you. The following beaches fall under the ownership and management for Lee County Parks and Recreations. Please note that beaches maintained by the City of Sanibel and are not listed in this article. Learn about Lee County beaches.
Donations to F.I.S.H. are used to help islanders who have fallen on hard times and need some help. F.I.S.H. stands for "Friends in Service Here".
Stop by and join in the fun. Meet new neighbors and make new friends.
Photo Courtesy Southwest Florida Museum of History
Completed in 1884, the Sanibel Lighthouse which stands at 104 feet casting it's light 16 miles offshore was a beacon for the growing trade route from Cuba. As the first lighthouse on the West Coast of Florida from Cuba, it helped safely guide trade into Punta Rassa port. Punta Rassa was a major destination for the cattle trade with cowboys known as "Florida Crackers" driving cattle from across the state to trade with Cuba for pieces of gold. The construction of the Sanibel Causeway in 1963 ended Punta Rassa's days as a port of trade, and Fidel Castro's rise to power in Cuba ended trade with the United States.
The parade route begins across the street from Bailey's General Store on Tarpon Bay Road, then comes down Periwinkle Way to the intersection at Casa Ybel Road at Jerry's Plaza. Bring a cooler, folding chairs, and a bag for the kids to catch candy as it is tossed from the parade route.
Following the parade, be sure to stop by Jerry's for free hot dogs and snow cones provided by the local Boy Scout Troup. Donations are appreciated.
The afternoon events include the Road Rally scavenger hunt that benefits the Sanibel Optimists Club. If you plan to attend this event be sure to register your team, pick a driver and a navigator and good luck. This scavenger hunt is much harder than it sounds. Beware.
The fireworks display on Sanibel occurs off of the causeway in San Carlos Bay. Beginning at sun down, the sparks fly. Popular spots to watch the fire works include the Sanibel Dunes Golf Club, The Sanibel Causeway Islands Park, or bring a boat out and anchor just off shore in the bay and enjoy.
If you love to travel with your four legged friends, then Sanibel is the place for you. Sanibel's Algiers Beach at Gulfside City Park was specifically sited by www.VetStreet.com the 8th most dog friendly site in the United States. VetStreet is a popular animal health site that provides all types of useful information for pet owners.
Sanibel locals know our islands are pet friendly and many make a ritual of walking their dogs on the beach daily. As long as dogs are on a leash, they are welcome on ALL Sanibel Beaches.
Sanibel and Captiva residents love animals of all species. Our island beaches are pet friendly as long as the dogs are on a leash.
Many properties on Sanibel and Captiva are also pet friendly. We have a full list of all pet friendly condominium complexes with on our site.